Explosion Rips Through Dutch Electrabel Power Plant; No One Hurt | Fox Business

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Explosion Rips Through Dutch Electrabel Power Plant; No One Hurt | Fox Business: PARIS/AMSTERDAM–An explosion early Thursday at a 600-megawatt-capacity power plant in Nijmegen, Eastern Netherlands, prompted police to briefly warn the public to remain indoors with windows and doors closed, but GDF Suez SA (GSZ.FR) said no one was injured.

The coal- and biomass-fired plant belongs to the French utility’s subsidiary Electrabel, which shut it down while Electrabel and the fire department began investigating the cause of the blast, police spokesman Frank de Valk said.

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AFP: French Socialist leader charged over asbestos deaths

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AFP: French Socialist leader charged over asbestos deaths: PARIS — Martine Aubry, the former leader of France’s governing Socialist Party, has been charged with manslaughter in a probe into whether state negligence contributed to thousands of deaths caused by asbestos exposure.The charges against Aubry relate to her time as a senior official in the ministry of social affairs, before she became a major figure in French politics.

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More safety violations at Maldonado family farm

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More safety violations at Maldonado family farm: Since Abel Maldonado announced his plans to run for congress, his 6,000-acre farm in Santa Maria has had three Cal/OSHA citations for issues regarding employee safety.

Since the 1990s, Agro-Jal has accumulated dozens of Cal/OSHA violations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines while Maldonado served as the farm’s controller.

In early 2011, Maldonado’s family business was cited for allowing farm equipment to work the fields with no driver at the wheel. In 2010, Cal/OSHA cited Agro-Jal four times for running unmanned tractors and for failing to provide adequate access to shade or water for employees.

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Linkin Park Show Marred By Scaffolding Collapse | Contactmusic.com

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Linkin Park | Linkin Park Show Marred By Scaffolding Collapse | Contactmusic.com: Linkin Park Show Marred By Scaffolding Collapse
Linkin Park have offered their condolences after a fan died before their show in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday (07Nov12) when scaffolding collapsed.As well as the fatality, 20 others were injured outside the Cape Town Stadium when an advertising structure fell. Reports suggest the majority of those hurt were women carrying out promotional work.

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Takeaway boss may be jailed for hygiene breach (From The Bolton News)

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Takeaway boss may be jailed for hygiene breach (From The Bolton News): A TAKEAWAY boss has been told he could face jail after hygiene inspectors found a catalogue of problems at his town centre restaurant.

The court heard that The Nile, in Bradshawgate, had two onion bhajis “deemed unfit for human consumption” on display, while inspectors also found mouldy meat being stored at the fast food joint.

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West Wickham Christmas spirit ‘killed’ by Transport for London rules (From This Is Local London)

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West Wickham Christmas spirit ‘killed’ by Transport for London rules (From This Is Local London): HEALTH and safety killjoys have been accused of destroying Christmas in West Wickham.

Transport for London (TfL) has told the West Wickham Town Centre Association it needs to pay for test certificates to ensure lampposts are strong enough to support Christmas lights.

Traders fear the new licence could cost up to �4,000 and will stop the High Street from being treated to festive illuminations for the first time in 20 years.

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Civil case taken against council over explosion at City Hall

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Civil case taken against council over explosion at City Hall: Civil proceedings are expected to be taken against the Galway City Council in the near future in relation to an explosion at City Hall in June 2010, it emerged yesterday.

The move comes following confirmation that an investigation by the Health and Safety Authority has been completed and the authority does not plan any further action against the council under health and safety legislation. The HSA also sent a file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which has decided not to pursue a prosecution in relation to the incident.

It is understood the explosion was caused by a boiler and the part of the building where the boiler was located sustained extensive damage in the blast.

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Worker Hit by Plank While Using a Table Saw – WSH

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Workplace Safety and Health Council: At the time of the accident, a worker was cutting a plank (measuring 2.7 m long x 8 cm wide x 5 cm thick) using a table saw. He was pushing the plank against the revolving circular blade of a table saw while two co-workers stood opposite him to receive the cut work pieces. After the plank was cut into two, one of the work pieces suddenly recoiled and hit the worker in his abdomen. He died three weeks later.

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Kitchen Fires No. 1 in New Report

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In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Fire Administration are providing new statistics on fires in American homes and urging consumers to install smoke alarms in their homes and check to make sure all smoke alarms are working properly. It is also vitally important to develop and practice a family fire escape plan.

The top cause of fires in the home is cooking equipment, accounting for an estimated 147,400 or 40 percent of residential fires each year between 2008 and 2010. Cooking was also associated with the largest percentage of fire-related injuries, an estimated average 27.4 percent or 3,450, in the home.
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National Fire Academy Adds Two New Applied Research Courses to NFA Online

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The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) announces the availability of two new NFA Online courses: Data Gathering Instruments to Support Applied Research Projects (Q170) and Designing an Applied Research Project Proposal (Q171). Both courses are available to the public and will also support Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) students in their completion of Applied Research Projects (ARPs).

National Fire Academy Adds Two New Applied Research Courses to NFA Online

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